Igor Nicholas Sviatoslavsky ’54

Igor Nicholas Sviatoslavsky ’54, of Madison, Wis., passed away on Nov. 21, 2010, at UW Hospital. Sviatoslavsky was born in Jerusalem on Oct. 11, 1932, the son of Nicholas and Alexandra Sviatoslavsky. He came to the U.S. on a Fulbright scholarship in 1952 and attended Davidson. He served in the U.S. Army from 1954-55. He married Wanda Blejwas on May 13, 1956, in New Jersey. He received his master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin in 1958 and worked for UW Madison from 1956 until he retired as a senior scientist in 2005. He was the 1998 recipient of the John G. Bollinger Award for his contributions to fusion engineering, for developing innovative design solutions for fusion reactors, and for developing methods for recovering lunar resources. Sviatoslavsky loved going on his annual Canadian fishing trip with his work friends and going to his cabin, Pete’s Place, in Northern Wisconsin. Sviatoslavsky loved reading and writing poetry. He loved attending his grandchildren’s musicals, baseball, soccer, and basketball games. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Wanda Sviatoslavsky, 1249 Meadow Sweet Dr., Madison, WI 53719-4516; sons, Andy Sviatoslavsky (Meg) and Greg Sviatoslavsky (Cindy); grandchildren, Lydia, Elena, Peter, and Alex; brother, Nicholas Sviatoslavsky (Marina); sister, Olga Nazaroff (George); and by a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Peter (29) in 1991.